Worldwide Architecture. The Next Generation v.1

August 2010, Italy

Review of Living Inside a Tesseract (by Altroom)

Worldwide Architecture presents 45 projects from 45 countries each selected by a referee. Referees must choose and write a review of what they consider the most interesting recent project from the assigned country.
Beatriz Ramo was asked to be the referee for Ukraine. She chose ‘Living Inside a Tesseract’ by the office Altroom in Kiev.
© Living Inside a Tesseract by Altroom*

*AltRoom is a collaboration of young Ukrainian architects: Kyrylo Komarov, Mykhailo Karnaukhov, Anna Pugachova and others. They try to explore the phenomenon of Space and Sensation. Projects made by AltRoom are either guided by these explorations, or appear to be a part of them.

Review of Living Inside a Tesseract by Beatriz Ramo:
Flatland + warm-beds + Prada Transformer

Living inside a Tesseract can be a very simple way of explaining a complex concept, or a very complicated way to describe a not so difficult idea. It depends on where you like to focus on.
What initially appears as a geometry exercise turns out to be a very contemporary reflection on the current economic and social problems of space. It offers plenty of different reading levels; it can be applied to define the use of a housing unit, to explore the potential of a public building, or to describe tolerance in the public space.

As Altroom mentions, this concept can open up broad possibilities for a creative world.
The tesseract is to a cube, what a cube is to a square.
As the skyscraper was an extrusion of the site as a consequence of economy by adding one more dimension, the tesseract is the next dimension added to space as a reaction to the crisis.

It brings ideas from the 1884 satirical novella Flatland, by Edwin Abbott Abbott, making us feel as the inhabitant of Flatland when visited by the sphere of Spaceland and showing us how handicapped we are in the perception of hyperspace. One is immediately reminded of the concept of “warm beds” from the English industrial revolution where some workers rented the still warm beds from the ones that just left for work until they came back from their shifts. And it finds a sketchy prototype in the recent Prada Transformer project by OMA, where one space can accommodate 4 different uses depending on the side it is positioned on.

Living inside a Tesseract combines an attractive innocence, with a deep critique, and the hope and inspiration for new strategies for using and producing space.

The book
Worldwide Architecture is a collection of projects that presents an original panorama of architecture at the global level, through a network of relations between professionals.
This volume presents the faces, names and projects of architects under 40, one per country, from forty five different countries, each selected and presented by a referee.
Each project provides the referee’s critical introduction, information on the studio and architect, a detailed description with texts and, mainly, images.
The projects – ‫ many of which already implemented, some only on the drawing board – make it possible to provide a worldwide comparison of ideas, results and styles of a new generation of architects. The next generation.

The project is curated by the Italian  architectural critic Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi with the collaboration of Bernardina Borra and Giampiero Sanguigni on behalf of the PresS/Tfactory association.

Review of Living Inside a Tesseract (by Altroom)

-August, 2010
-Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Italia – UTET Scienze Tecniche
-Milan, Italy
-ISBN 978-88-598-0562-5
-Pages: 226-227